Wednesday, November 14, 2012

UAlbany shocks Pac-12 Washington, 63-62

SEATTLEMike Black’s layup, in the waning moments Tuesday evening, clinched the biggest non-conference victory in the history of the University at Albany men’s basketball program.

Black’s basket, with four seconds remaining, helped the Great Danes down defending Pac-12 champion Washington, 63-62, at Alaska Airlines Arena.

“These guys played so hard,” said UAlbany coach Will Brown. “I can’t tell you how proud I am.”

The Great Danes (2-1) trailed by one, with 12 seconds left, when Brown called timeout and set up the final play.

Black, who finished with a game-high 22 points, drove and scored to give UAlbany its first victory over a BCS school.

Jacob Iati also had a huge game for the Great Danes, finished with 20 points and six 3-pointers

“He’s gutty,” Brown said. “He’s doing a great job for us.”

The Huskies (1-1) were led by Abdul Gaddy, who finished with 16 points. Gaddy had a chance to win the game for Washington, but his desperation 3-pointer was off the mark.

UAlbany improves to 2-2 against current members of the Pac-12, but its previous victory over Utah, came in 2006, when the school was part of the Mountain West Conference. The Great Danes are now 1-27 against BCS schools. 

“It’s awesome,” Brown said. “It’s a real good effort by our guys.”

The Great Danes return home tomorrow and head to Mohegan Sun this weekend for two games. UAlbany takes on Missouri-Kansas City on Saturday, at 2:30 p.m. 


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